Friday, June 20, 2008

Canadians are Collaborative

This past Tuesday Canadian "supergroup" Wolf Parade released their second album, At Mount Zoomer. Wolf Parade is a supergroup in the sense that they are part of one of those Canadian music collective. Members of Wolf Parade are also members of Sunset Rubdown, Handsome Furs, Swan Lake, Johnny and the Moon. Not to mention several somewhat popular and now somewhat defunct bands like Frog Eyes, Hot Hot Heat, and Atlas Strategic.

So this week they are all Wolf Parade and they have a new record in a store, or virtual store near you. If you are not already a fan of Wolf Parade you should be warned, you may not like this the first time you listen to it. It may even take weeks or months, but these guys make bacterial jams that may take prolonged contact before you're infected.

Wolf Parade - Language City

More review and media after the jump...

At Mount Zoomer starts out with a much lighter tone than Apologies to the Queen Mary. But as the record progresses you do get some darker, moodier tracks, personally the bi-polar sound of Wolf Parade is one of the things I've grown to love. Spenser Krug and Dan Boeckner share, not-quite matching, vocal duties. The instrumentation plays call and response parts, where the guitar and keys will swap a phrase back and forth until the melody emerges over a splashy waltz beat. All in all Wolf Parade have given us 45 minutes worth of music to live with till the next side project or EP.

Catch these Canadians near you eh? They'll be here in Austin at La Zone Rosa on July 25th. Tickets are already on sale for that show. Want to see them near you? Check here or here.

Their label Sub-Pop has several tracks available for free download. Way to go Sub-Pop.

Wolf Parade - Call it a Ritual <--- New Track
Wolf Parade - My Father's Son
Wolf Parade - Shine a Light

And of course we have to have some video action.

Wolf Parade - Shine a Light via YouTube.

Wolf Parade - I'll Believe in Anything via YouTube.

You can also download this video in .MOV format from Sub-Pop.